Happy Birthday Svetlana Zasypkina!

Today is the 49th birthday of Svetlana Zasypkina (Светлана Засыпкина), a Russian gymnast-turned-actress, although she has not being active in neither sports nor acting since her teenage years.

I think it’s pretty safe to say Svetlana is virtually unknown outside of Russia, but she seems to be reasonably well known in her homeland, even to this day. According to a brief Russian biography I found online, she was born on December 3, 1970. She trained as a gymnast from a young age, but was forced to give up the sport after an injury. In 1988, she starred in the Soviet film Kukolka (Куколка), her one and only film role, in which she played Tanya Serebryakova (Татьяна Серебрякова), a gymnast whose career is also cruelly cut short by injury. The following year she married, and at her husband’s request she gave up acting.

The picture I drew to commemorate Svetlana’s birthday is of her as Tanya, in a manga-like style, wearing her trademark red “PERESTROIKA USSR” top. If you are interested in finding out more about Tanya and the film Kukolka, click HERE to have a look at the post I wrote earlier this year on Tanya. Till next time, au revoir, arrivederci and may the force be with you!😊

Happy Birthday Ami Shinjo!

I nearly completely forgot, but today, November 7, is the birthday of Ami Shinjo, who was the mascot of my now defunct website. I managed to get this pic done super quick, but even so, I missed Ami-chan’s birthday by a few minutes (it’s past midnight here now, so technically it’s already November 8). But I’m sure Ami-chan doesn’t mind. Till next time, au revoir, arrivederci and may the force be with you!😊

Happy Birthday Marion Michael!

Today would have been the 79th birthday of the late German actress Marion Michael. She is perhaps best known for the role of Liane, a quintessential jungle girl, which she played in two fifties’ films, called Liane, Jungle Goddess and Nature Girl and the Slaver (Liane, das Mädchen aus dem Urwald and Liane, die weiße Sklavin respectively in German). This picture is a reimagining of Liane, Jungle Goddess as a Japanese comic (in Japanese, the title for this film is simply Naked Woman of the Jungle).

Liane, Jungle Goddess is readily available on the internet in English and I suggest you search it out if you are a fan of classic pulp fiction about jungle girls. I found it quite entertaining and Marion Michael is absolutely stunning in it, no matter what state of dress she happens to be in.😋 Till next time, au revoir, arrivederci and may the force be with you!😊

Happy 20th Birthday Moa!

Today, July 4, is the 20th birthday of Moa Kikuchi, AKA MOAMETAL, from the Japanese group BABYMETAL, one of my favourite artists.😊 I didn’t give myself much time to work on this, that’s why it’s only a rough sketch that doesn’t do justice to the beauty of Moa. But as they say, it’s the thought that counts!😊

This is the first BABYMETAL fan art I’ve done in quite a while. That’s because last year, after Yui left, it looked like they had lost direction, but this year things seem to be improving. Having said that, however, I have to admit I’m not very fond of their last few songs.😅 Hopefully their next album, which Is due in October, will have some real gems in it! Anyway, that’s all for now. Till next time, au revoir, arrivederci and may the force be with you!😊

Happy Birthday Maureen Flannigan!

Today, December 30, is the 45th birthday of one of my childhood crushes, the lovely and talented Maureen Flannigan. In recent years, I have made it a tradition to commemorate Maureen‘s birthday by drawing a birthday-themed picture of Maureen as Evie Garland, the central character of my favourite 80s sitcom, Out of this World.

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